Kids Badly Sunburned After School Prohibits Use Of Sunscreen Without A Doctor’s Note
A Tacoma, Wash., mom is seeing red after her fair-skinned daughters returned home from school severely sunburned.
Violet and Zoe Michener were outside for five hours during the school’s year-end ‘Field Day,’ and when they returned home, they had burns and blisters, according to their mother Jesse Michener. Michener says she took her children to a local hospital in order to document the severity of the burns.
Michener says she did not give the girls sunscreen because it was raining when they left for school. She says school officials should have been able to let them apply sunscreen when the sun came out–especially since Zoe, 9, has a form of albinism.
But the school district’s policy only allows for sunscreen to be applied when the student has a signed doctor’s note giving the okay, because the district considers sunscreen a medication. Dan Voelpel, a spokesman for Tacoma School District, cited additives that cause allergic reactions as a reason for the policy.
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